John March
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How What Science Tells Us About Gender Bias Illuminates the Value of the Light in Illuminating the Origin and Resolution of Schisms

Started this discussion. Last reply by Forrest Curo 9th month 25, 2012. 1 Reply

Stunning article from the New York times on how unconscious gender bias against women impedes the progress of women in science. That this is happening 350 years after Quakers understood scripture to…Continue

Fierce Humility

Started 10th month 20, 2011 0 Replies

"If God is to be a giver, he must first find a taker, but no one may be a taker of God's gifts except by his humility. Therefore, if God is to exercise his divine property by his gifts, he well may…Continue

 

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John March commented on QuakerQuaker's group 'Liberal Quakers'
"There is a lot of diversity in the wider Quaker fellowship, so one thing that can be said is that we don't all have the same theology. Within the limitation of words, we find broad unity in the sense that the Devine inflowing (however we…"
4th month 6, 2013
John March replied to Syd Salsman's discussion 'How To Help A Bipolar Housemate?'
"Hi Syd, Sorry for the late reply--an glad your friend is getting the care that he needs.  As a child psychiatrist, who has cared for many persons with bipolar disorder, it is important to remember that you are working with someone who is ill…"
1st month 28, 2013
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Share your favorite Quaker books, start book reading groups and find Friends who share your love of reading. Tag: books
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Liberal Quakers

Liberal Friends practice waiting worship and emphasize community and the authority of the Inner Light over specific faith statements. Tag: liberal
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Universalism & Other Faiths

Many liberal Friends have adopted universalism and less-Christocentric theologies. This is a place to discuss the place of non-traditional beliefs among modern Friends. Tag: universalism
10th month 8, 2012
John March shared Jim Wilson's blog post on Facebook
10th month 2, 2012
John March posted a discussion

How What Science Tells Us About Gender Bias Illuminates the Value of the Light in Illuminating the Origin and Resolution of Schisms

Stunning article from the New York times on how unconscious gender bias against women impedes the progress of women in science. That this is happening 350 years after Quakers understood scripture to mandate gender equality and that failure to do so was tantamount to rejection of Christ is a great example of how we fail to listen to the profoundly transformative power of the Light. These days liberal college faculty and young people brought up in the era of Title IX (presumably including many…See More
9th month 25, 2012
John March posted a discussion

Fierce Humility

"If God is to be a giver, he must first find a taker, but no one may be a taker of God's gifts except by his humility. Therefore, if God is to exercise his divine property by his gifts, he well may need my humility; for apart from humility he can give me nothing - without it I am not prepared to receive his gift. That is why it is true that by humility I give divinity to God." --Meister Eckhardt One of the gifts of the spirit is the gift of humility. It is a reciprocal gift--as humility arises…See More
10th month 20, 2011
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10th month 9, 2010

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About Me
I've been a Friend since 1968, was a CO (but not drafted) during the Vietnam era and, longing for a deeper experience of Silence/Light within, have been a dual lineage holder: (1) a devoted Quakerism expressed in Meetings in California, Montana, Wisconsin and for the last 25 years Durham Friends Meeting in North Carolina and (2) a devoted Buddhist practice first in the Rinzai Zen tradition, then vipassana, and now back to Zen. I do think that right view (belief) is essential and can be expressed in many forms, viz. Meister Eckhart and Dogen Zenji the founder of Soto Zen, and that the experience of the Light as Fox described it is underneath words is held in common universally. While Buddhist practice/experience and particularly over 15 months on silent retreat since 1991 has been very helpful to me, I feel called these days as a Quaker to an articulation of Truth in Christocentric language. I also wish for Friends a deeper experience of Silence as we all are on the same path toward awakening to the essential presence of God. QuakerQuaker seems a lovely place for deeping both the views and practices of Friends. Am grateful for its presence and the opportunity to participate. Am also happy to encourage f/Friends in growing in the Light at the boundary (false though it is) of Buddhism and Quakerism or even better how the practice of interior silence can enrich our lives as Friends-just send me a private email and we can set up a time to chat.

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